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WMC News Brief: Media Spin in Anti-Abortion Message, Governor Paterson, Iraqi Vote

March 4, 2010

Loretta Ross Unmasks Black Anti-Abortion Message, Media Spin 3/2/10 On The Issues: “They tell African American women that we are now responsible for the genocide of our own people,” Ross writes. “We are now accused of ‘lynching’ our children in our wombs…This is what lies on steroids look like.” Women's Advocates Call On Paterson To Step Down 3/3/10 RH Reality Check: “This latest news is very disappointing for those of us who believed the governor was a strong advocate for women’s equality and for ending violence against women,” said Marci Pappas, president of the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women. Women Take Prominent Role In Iraqi Vote 3/3/10 Associated Press: Under a U.S.-backed quota requiring that at least one quarter of Iraq's lawmakers be female, women have carved a foothold in the Iraqi political system. The country is holding its second parliamentary elections under the system on Sunday. Gillibrand: Ford 'Underestimated Me' 2/2/10 MSNBC: Gillibrand said of Henry Ford, who announced he would drop his intention to primary the sitting U.S. Senator from New York, “... [H]e may well be disappointed that people will have chosen me over him but that is the reality of trying to earn the support of 20 million people." How Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) can still stick it to Gov. Perry 3/3/10 Washington Post: Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (Tex.) got shellacked in her quest to deny Gov. Rick Perry the Republican nomination to seek a third full term in Austin. But she can stick it to her political nemesis by breaking her promise to leave the Senate this year. Coffee Party Activists Say Their Civic Brew's A Tastier Choice Than Tea Party's 2/26/10 Washington Post: Furious at the tempest over the Tea Party, Annabel Park did what any American does when she feels her voice has been drowned out: She squeezed her anger into a Facebook status update. Missouri Passes Anti-Choice Legislation 3/3/10 RH Reality Check: Last week a state senate committee voted to pass two new laws restricting abortions: a mandatory ultrasound that needs to be viewed 24 hours prior to the procedure, and a data collection bill, meant to gather information about why a woman is seeking an abortion. Abortion Tweets Met With Death Threats 3/3/10 Salon: In a recent YouTube video, Angie Jackson explains why she has cops patrolling her house every hour and is in frequent contact with the FBI. Think she's overreacting? Two words: George Tiller. D.C. Begins Licensing Same-Sex Marriages 3/4/10 Washington Post: For the couples in line Wednesday and those who follow, it was the culmination of a three-decade struggle for equality. Scholar's School Reform U-Turn Shakes Up Debate 3/2/10 New York Times: Once outspoken about the power of standardized testing, charter schools and free markets to improve schools, education historian Dr. Diane Ravitch is now caustically critical. Report Says Gains In Women's Rights Widespread 3/3/10 Associated Press: Women's rights advanced in 15 of the 18 countries in the Middle East and North Africa over the past five years, the democracy watchdog group Freedom House reported Wednesday. Harassment Suit Against United Nations Tossed Out 3/2/10 Reuters: A lawsuit by a United Nations employee, whose allegations of sexual harassment led to the resignation of a top official, was dismissed on Tuesday by a New York court that said the world body was immune. Abuse Case Rouses India's Middle Class 3/2/10 New York Times: Ruchika Girotra’s ordeal is hardly unique. Girls are molested all the time in India; powerful officials often abuse their office to avoid criminal prosecution; sclerotic courts are painfully slow and often corrupt. Ukraine PM Tymoshenko Forced Out 3/3/10 BBC: Ukraine's parliament has passed a motion of no-confidence in Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's government. Body Image, Diet Pushing Japanese Women To Lose Weight 3/4/10 Washington Post: Social pressure -- women looking critically at other women -- is the most important reason female skinniness is ascendant in Japan, according to psychiatrist Hisako Watanabe. UN Warns HIV/Aids Leading Cause Of Death In Women 3/3/10 BBC: HIV has become the leading cause of death and disease among women of reproductive age worldwide, the UN programme on HIV/Aids says. 'Enlightened Sexism' Explores Image Of Women 3/3/10 San Francisco Chronicle: “It's about us and changing what we can imagine," author Susan J. Douglas writes. “The change must be political, social and economic. And, by the way, American women probably should re-embrace feminism.” When It Comes To Women's Olympic Sports IOC Just Doesn't Get It 3/2/10 Sports Illustrated: Just like clockwork last week, IOC president Jacques Rogge went wading into the gender equity pool at these Olympics and found himself stuck in the weeds.